Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Gifts For Your Favorite Foodies

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Our favorite room of our house is the kitchen. As Lifestylists® we love kitchen gadgets - here are some of our favorites.

Columbia French Press

Bodum - Columbia French Press 4-cup Coffee Maker 17oz. 1105516

Reusable Grocery Bag

Esse - Foldable Reusable Grocery Bag

Esse - Foldable Reusable Grocery Bag - $5.95, Free shipping - Available at Abe's Market


Adjustable Rolling Pin

Joseph Joseph - Adjustable Rolling Pin Plus, 16.5-Inch, Multi-Color

Scoot Pizza Wheel

Joseph Joseph - Scoot Pizza Wheel, Grey

Joseph Joseph - Scoot Pizza Wheel, Grey - $13.45, 4.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Pie Kitchen Timer

Joseph Joseph - Joseph Pie Kitchen Timer Appliances Cookware - Green

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sears Customer Service Manager Tells Customer to Call Him Master!

Just when I thought I had heard it all.

We've been trying to get into the holiday spirit and since many of our friends and family are out of state I've been embracing buying online. We are busy compiling the Lifestylist® List which is full of our favorite gift ideas for this year and we've been spending a lot of time trying to find the perfect products.

I've had some wonderful experiences - Amazon.com can't be beat, especially with their new Amazon Smile program where you can shop and a percentage will go to the nonprofit of your choice.

In the spirit of giving, Shared Housing which is one of our favorite nonprofits were in need of some televisions so we gave them all of ours and got online to buy a few more. We had some Sears gift cards to use up so we went to their site and found one that would suit our needs.

Here's where things went really off track. First of all, with all of the talk this year about people stealing your information, fake sites and viruses, I was concerned when I went to the Sears.com and saw how many things were misspelled -often a sign of a fraudulent site. I did some checking and it seemed to be authentic even though I was having trouble with it and made my purchase, and a few minutes later I got a call from someone who said they were in fraud prevention and needed to ask me some questions to verify I made the purchase. Really, really strange questions so I got cold feet and said cancel my order.

A few days later I decided to call Sears and try to order the same item. They said they were honoring their "Cyber Week" pricing all week and when I talked to Mr. Jhon he said he could honor that pricing - he would just need to credit the difference back to my credit card at the end of the transaction.

Then I get another crazy call wanted to confirm personal information including my ex-husbands birthday and date of birth! At this point I just wanted to get what I ordered and be done with it so I complied. Go figure - after checking my credit card balance the credit was never given so here we go again.

After wasting over an hour with people this morning trying to resolve this, they put me through to a man who said their name was Master and that's how I should address him. And that no matter what I was told and promised I wouldn't be getting the credit on my credit card as I was promised, but they would be sending me another gift card.

I had stopped buying from Sears years ago because they never honored a very expensive warranty they sold me on a range - today I'm remembering why I swore that would be my last purchase.

Remember the Sears and Roebuck catalog when your word meant something and it was an American company based on integrity. Days like today really make me miss the qualities that company and so many others were built upon. And Master - best of luck with your career, you might want to find a new profession.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

True Love

What a great week it has been! Spending time with family and friends, then a night at the beach before a busy couple of days with clients.

There was a wedding happening on the beach at sunset and we got this shot -hope this is the beginning of a wonderful forever.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Morning Coffee

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My morning doesn't start until I have a cup of coffee, and my Cuisinart coffee maker that I have used every morning for years is finally begging to be retired.

I've been researching what's available, and here are some of my favorite finds as well as my old favorite that I might end up purchasing as well.

NESCO - Pro Coffee Bean Roaster CR1010PRR

NESCO - Pro Coffee Bean Roaster CR1010PRR

While it's not essential, roasting your own beans can ensure the flavor and aroma of your beans.

NESCO - Pro Coffee Bean Roaster CR1010PRR - $174.99 (24% off), Free shipping - Available at Overstock.com


Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder

Krups - Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder

The next step is to grind your coffee beans so that you can control the texture yourself. Krups - Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, - $39.50, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Tightvac Coffeevac 1/2 Pound Vacuum Sealed Storage Container, Solid Black

Tightvac Coffeevac 1/2 Pound Vacuum Sealed Storage Container, Solid Black

You can seal your coffee grinds later so that they will stay fresh as long as possible.

Tightvac Coffeevac 1/2 Pound Vacuum Sealed Storage Container, Solid Black - $13.75, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Cuisinart - Brew Central DCC-1200 Coffee Maker (12 Cup, Black/Stainless Steel)

Cuisinart - Brew Central DCC-1200 Coffee Maker (12 Cup, Black/Stainless Steel)

The simplest of coffee makers is more than sufficient to be on your way to pro coffee drinks.

Cuisinart - Brew Central DCC-1200 Coffee Maker (12 Cup, Black/Stainless Steel) - $89.95, Free shipping - Available at Overstock.com

(96 reviews)


Aerolatte - Aerolatte Cappuccino Whisk

Aerolatte - Aerolatte Cappuccino Whisk

A lot of people don't realize how easy it is to froth the milk in your lattes, giving your home made drinks a special touch

Aerolatte - Aerolatte Cappuccino Whisk - $19.99, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Coffee Talk

I love New York. There is no other city like it in the world, and every day that we get to spend there turns into an adventure.

When I was lucky enough to have a place to stay in Tribeca I started the NYC Lifestylist blog, and I still enjoy writing about the small local places that you might just walk by and never notice. One of the places I always made sure that I visited is Porto Rico Importing Company - a company that has been offering the finest cofees and teas since 1907.

Their birthday sale is always worth shopping and stocking up at, and it's going on right now until October 31st. If you aren't lucky enough to be in NY and can buy at their store you can visit their website and buy online, and there's free shipping for orders over $75.00!

My favorite beans that they sell are Peter's Blend - smooth but with enough substance to it that it wakes me up in the morning.

Happy Birthday Porto Rico from the Lifestylist family!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Ultimate Lifestylist Has a New Look!

I'm never one that accepts change easily, but when you are as active in the social media world as I am you have to be ready to change or you'll be left behind - quickly.

I'm doing more blogs than ever on Blogger - it has become an easy, inexpensive to get the word out about what we do.  But finding a template that reflected what we do and our "look" has not been easy, and I've spent a lot of money on templates that were too complicated for me to use or just didn't have the look we needed.

After searching one night and getting nowhere I came across a great shop on Etsy - This Girl Design. She offers custom or premade templates, and I love her style and what she offers.

Let me know what you think about our new look!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meeting Oscar de la Renta

I have been very fortunate to meet a lot of very interesting people, but Lisa Stewart of Lisa Stewart Photography was fortunate enough to meet one of my role models - Oscar de la Renta. He was in Dallas for the Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed luncheon, and Lisa was photographing the event.

If you want to know what someone is really like - ask a photographer. They see people at their best and worst, and after meeting Oscar de la Renta she couldn't stop talking about how gracious he was. Those are the stories I love hearing. Her photos of the event and of the man himself have always been some of my favorites. The fashion world has lost a very special person that we will all miss.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tailgating Season is Here!

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Fall weather is here, and it's a perfect time to entertain outdoors.

Tailgating is a great way to hang out with friends whether or not you are going to attend the big game or not. It's great to add some unique touches to your tailgate to make a truly memorable experience.

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Super Bowl Cocktail Napkins

Super Bowl Cocktail Napkins

Accessorize with things such as paper napkins in a football theme. Other things to look for are football paper plates and cups.

International Paper - Football Party Supplies Ideas Tailgate Super Bowl Cocktail Napkins Beverage Napkins 20 Count - $12.99, 7.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Tailgate Charcoal Grill And Cooler

Tailgate Charcoal Grill And Cooler

This charcoal grill is portable and perfect for tailgating. It will make preparing your next meal at your tailgating party such fun.

Picnic Time - Buccaneer All In One Tailgate Charcoal Grill And Cooler With Printed Collegiate Football Team Logo Multicolor - 750-00-175-424 PCN149-42 - $189.95, Free shipping - Available at SportsFanItems


Football Bean Bag Toss Game

Football Bean Bag Toss Game

Add an interesting touch to your party by incorporating games! This bean bag toss will get you in the competitive spirit. It even comes in different team logos.

Tailgate Toss - 4NFL127 Seattle Seahawks Football Bean Bag Toss Game TAI1027 - $98.49, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Tailgate Snack Bowl

Tailgate Snack Bowl

This bowl is simply too fun to pass up. It's great for serving your cookies or snacks like chips!

Cheryl's - Tailgate Snack Bowl - FOOTBALL PARTY BOWL - COOKIES AND PRETZELS - $39.99, 9.99 shipping - Available at Cheryl's


Tailgate Chair and Carry Bag

Tailgate Chair and Carry Bag, New York Giants

This chair is easy to transport and will keep you comfy at your next party. It comes in a variety of teams for ultimate spirit.

Jarden - New York Giants NFL Tailgate Chair and Carry Bag - $37.98, 8.83 shipping - Available at SportsFanItems


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Styling With Michael Kors From Head to Toe

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I've always loved the Michael Kors Brand -just enough flash to get you noticed and products that are well made that will last and worth every penny you pay for them.

As an Ultimate Lifestylist I love dressing to impress, and this collection allows me to do that.

Here are some of my favorites from his recent lines.

Michael Kors - Runway Rose Dial Rose Gold-plated Ladies Watch MK5661

Michael Kors - Runway Rose Dial Rose Gold-plated Ladies Watch MK5661

All that glitters is meant to be loved. We embellished the face of our signature logo watch with pavĂ© stones for a timepiece that’s destined to dazzle. A sleek bracelet and delicately engraved bezel complete the design.

Michael Kors - Runway Rose Dial Rose Gold-plated Ladies Watch MK5661 - $149.00 (48% off), 4.48 shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

(5 reviews)


Michael Kors - Fulton Moc

Michael Kors - Fulton Moc

Classic, contemporary, cult-worthy—the Fulton moccasin is a true favorite, designed for on-the-go girls everywhere. Inspired by a moccasin silhouette, we refined the shape with feminine contours, adding stitched details and our logo charm.

Michael Kors - MICHAEL Michael Kors Fulton Moc Women's Flat Shoes - Brown - $98.00, Free shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

(23 reviews)


Michael Kors - Stockard Two-Tone Leather Riding Boot

Michael Kors - Stockard Two-Tone Leather Riding Boot

Michael Kors - Grab Bag Jacquard Logo Tote

Michael Kors - Grab Bag Jacquard Logo Tote

Keep all of your essentials in check with our roomy Jet Set Checkerboard tote. This spacious piece is perfect for carrying everything from your laptop to lipstick in the wealth of pockets inside and out. Finished with supple leather handles and trim, it will carry you from work to weekend with perennial polish.

Michael Kors - Grab Bag Jacquard Logo Tote in Beige / Black - Leather Trim (MK HANDBAGS, PURSES, BAGS, TOTES) - $209.95, See Site shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon


Michael Kors - Peplum Dress

Michael Kors - Peplum Dress

A wearable work of art—this demure dress captures classic femininity. The A-line silhouette is cast in silk and wool shantung and embellished with floral accents for special-occasion opulence.

Michael Kors - MICHAEL Michael Kors Peplum Dress Women's Dress (Brown) - $71.99, Free shipping - Available at 6pm.com

(9 reviews)


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The Ultimate Lifestylist is Now on Facebook!

As the Lifestylist® Brands continues to grow, so does our presence in the media.

Our new Ultimate Lifestylist® Facebook page has been a huge success - we hope that you will join us there as well.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Great State Fair of Texas


So excited that the opening day of the State Fair of Texas is finally here!

Take a look at why you should be joining us at this All American event.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Something Old, Something New

Only a few days until the State Fair of Texas opens, and we couldn't be more excited! We have been testing lots of new recipes that we are planning on entering  - we will have them on our Lifestylist page after the fair.

As for something old, a few years ago they had Big Tex from the 50's on display - Big Tex you haven't aged a bit!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

The New American Home

I'm amazed and honored at how many new projects and opportunities have come our way recently. Our Lifestylist website is getting lots of positive comments, and our Facebook page continues to be a place that people quote and refer others to.

I've been working on getting organized and came across thie beautiful kitchen that was part of The New American Home in 2011. We were honored to be the Lifestylists of this home, and it was right here where I fell in love with Thermador appliances.

It's great to see that this home hasn't aged a bit - it's as on trend now as it was then.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Celebrity Style

Celebrities have the most impeccable style, which let’s face it... is a part of their job description. Most of us don't have our own personal Lifestylists though to help dress us in the perfect garmets for our lifestyles and personalities.

Check out these celeb replicated looks of your favorite celebrity outfits! Below you will find some great ideas on how you can “get the look for less” and pull off your favorite celeb’s style without hurting your wallet. Today's featured celebrities are Rose Byrne, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Aniston.

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne

When Rose Byrne attended the last #DKKNYARTWORKS Charity Auction Event in Montauk, New York, she wore this cute and quirky sleeveless drop-waist dress.


Rose Byrne

You can get this look-a-like dress at Neiman Marcus but it will cost you a pretty penny.

Sue Wong - Women's Cap-Sleeve Eyelet Fit-and-Flare Cocktail Dress, White - Sue Wong - White (6) - $395.00, 18.00 shipping - Available at Neiman Marcus


Rose Byrne

Forever 21 has a great alternative that will give you the same look for less!

Forever 21 - Sweetheart Eyelet Dress - $17.36, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Rose Byrne

Complete the look with this super cute and quirky pair of pink heels.

Nine West - Flax High Heels - Pink - $34.99, Free shipping - Available at 6pm.com


Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian looked sleek and sophisticated at her True Reflections Perfume Launch in the Debenhams (London). Kim does a wonderful job at proving that you don't have to be super skinny to look good in your clothes!


Kim Kardashian

Check out this fabulous look-a-like dress, available at Forever 21! This dress is just as sleek and sophisticated as Kim's version at a very affordable price.

FOREVER21 - Forever21 Floral Lace Sheath Dress - $13.00, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Kim Kardashian

Complete the look with these super affordable and sassy gladiator heels.

Moda In Pelle - Top Moda Women's Gladiator High Heel Sandals - $24.99, 5.48 shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon


Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham is one of my favorite fashion icon celebs of today. Her Spice Girls nickname "Posh Spice" is dead on because she makes anything that she wears look "posh" ...Check out this photo collage of Victoria's variations of the "little black dress" that we should all have in our closets.


Victoria Beckham

Here are a few affordable versions available at Forever 21 to help you to achieve Victoria's "posh" look.

Forever 21 - Strapless Textured Geo Dress - $17.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Victoria Beckham

Here are a couple of affordable versions available at Forever 21 to get Victoria's "posh" look.

FOREVER21 - Forever21 Sleeveless Textured Knit Dress - $9.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Victoria Beckham

Forever 21 - Sweet Side Bodycon Dress - $12.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Victoria Beckham

Forever 21 - Beaded Chiffon Bodycon Dress - $27.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Victoria Beckham

Complete the look with these super affordable and paneled peep-toe heels.

Flip - Forever21 Paneled Peep-Toe Heels - $25.99, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba was stunning as usual with her casual yet sophisticated ensemble when she attended the Ralph Lauren Girl's fashion show in the Hamptons, New York State last year.

Wearing a navy polka dot dress with a light wash denim jacket ...accessorizing with Ralph Lauren platform wedge sandals, a monochrome tote bag and a chunky cuff bangle, Jessica showcased her effortless style.


Jessica Alba

You can recreate Jessica's summer look (for less) by starting with this gorgeous polka dot jersey dress by Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren - Draped Polka Dot Jersey Dress - $95.92, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

(1 reviews)


Jessica Alba

Dress it down with this super affordable denim jacket from Forever 21 for a more casual look... just like Jessica!

FOREVER21 - Forever21 Classic Denim Jacket - $29.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Jessica Alba

Complete the look with these super cute wedge sandals, a faux leather carry-all and rhinestone t-bar cuff bracelet.

Forever 21 - Canvas Wedge Sandal - $29.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Jessica Alba

Forever 21 - Structured Faux Leather Carry-All - $27.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Jessica Alba

Forever 21 - Rhinestone T-Bar Cuff - $4.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston can pull of casual attire like no other! I just love how she is able to make casual look super chic and trendy. Check out below for great ideas on how to get Jen's look for less!


Jennifer Aniston

Start off with this everyday cotton spaghetti strap camisole such as this one available at Nordstrom.

Everyday Cotton Spaghetti Strap Camisole - $32.00, Free shipping - Available at Nordstrom

(17 reviews)


Jennifer Aniston

Top it off with a really great biker jacket... like this one that is available on Amazon.

Womens Mock Collar Zip Up Long Sleeve Crinkled Moto Biker Jacket - $24.99, 16.13 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Jennifer Aniston

Replicate Jen's style by adding a drape jersey cardigan under your biker jacket for a layered effect.

Women's Open Front Cropped Drape Jersey Cardigan-Grey-Medium - $15.00, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Jennifer Aniston

FOREVER21 - Forever21 Ridged Ankle Strap Booties - $36.80, 5.95 shipping - Available at Forever 21


Jennifer Aniston

These aviator sunglasses available at American Eagle Outfitters are sure to make a fashion statement.

American Eagle Outfitters - Rose Gold Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses, Womens One Size - $15.95, 7.00 shipping - Available at American Eagle Outfitters


I hope that you liked my picks for this installment of Celebrity Fashion “get the look” ... I would love to hear if there are any other celebrities who’s fashion looks you would like for me to replicate in a future article. Sound off in the comments below!


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